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Tributes paid to founder of town electrical firm

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

  • M. Cripwell Electricians, Apprentice of the Year.Front: Michael Cripwell MD Joe Bradley Apprentice .of the Year.Back: James Chadwick, Matthew Forst, Robert Taylor.Director Carl Dent,

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TRIBUTES have been paid to the founder of a well-known Burton electrical firm after he lost a 15 year battle with cancer.

Family members lined up to remember Michael Cripwell after he passed away peacefully last Thursday at his home in Draycott in the Clay.

The 77-year-old was best known for the success of the firm M W Cripwell Ltd, which grew from a humble electrical company to one that now offers a range of services across the whole country.

Steven Locke, Mr Cripwell’s son in law, spoke to the Mail about the passing of the prominent town businessman.

He said: “With great sadness, Michael lost his life after a long battle with cancer, which stretched more than 15 years.

“His health suddenly declined during the past couple of weeks and he died, peacefully, surrounded by his family last week.

“He will leave a long lasting legacy in the area and we are all so proud of his business achievements.

“But, he was very much a genuine family man and this was often a side that people did not see.”

He is survived by his wife Margaret, two children and their partners.

Mr Cripwell rose to prominence after joining M & W A Smithers as a 15-year-old electrical apprentice in 1951.

Having completed his national service in the RAF, he went on to set up in business for himself and, in 1963, joined forces with Cliff Smithers as a partner in M & W A Smithers.

Sadly, Mr Smithers passed away in 1979 and the company was renamed M W Cripwell Ltd.

From that time, M W Cripwell Ltd grew from a small works business, serving clients such as British Coal, Staffordshire County Council and various local industrial businesses to a successful multi service provider.

In 2011, the company re-branded to Cripwell Building Services and, until his death, Mr Cripwell remained as the company chairman,

His funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday, February 24 at Newborough Church.

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